The eyelid surgery procedure
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure chosen by over 200,000 men and women annually. It corrects droopy eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes that make one look older and can sometimes impair vision. The procedure involves removing excess fat and skin to eliminate puffiness and bags under the eyes. Though blepharoplasty is often performed as a single procedure, your surgeon may also suggest a brow lift, facelift, or skin resurfacing to achieve best results.
During an upper eyelid procedure, the surgeon makes incisions, removes excess fat, muscle, and loose skin, and closes the incisions with fine sutures along the eyelid creases to minimize visible scars. The approach for lower eyelid surgery may involve incisions along the lash line and smile creases of the lower lid.
Eyelid puffiness caused primarily by excess fat may be corrected by a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The incision in this case is made inside the lower eyelid, and excess fatty material is either removed or repositioned to achieve normal contour of the lower lid. No visible sutures are required.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts about two hours, depending on the extent of the operation. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery and help you as needed.
After the surgery, your eyes may feel dry and itchy, and your surgeon may lubricate them with ointment. The use of cold compresses and head elevation will help reduce swelling and bruising. Follow your surgeon’s instructions for cleaning the eye area and avoiding certain activities and environments in the weeks following surgery.
You may return to normal activities within a few days, although contact lenses may need to be avoided for a longer period. You may experience sensitivity to light and wind for a few weeks and may need to wear sunglasses and sunblock on your eyelids when outdoors. Your surgeon may also recommend limiting activity levels and alcohol intake to avoid fluid retention.
Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
During the pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Cohen will explain what you can expect from blepharoplasty and take a complete medical history. It is important to inform your doctor of any allergies you may have, vitamins and medication you are taking, and if you smoke or have a history of dry eyes. You can expect an open and honest exchange with Dr. Cohen, which will establish the basis for a successful outcome. You should provide applicable information from your ophthalmologist or a copy of a recent eye exam. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please make sure to bring them with you.
Contact us today
Take the first step towards achieving facial harmony and renewed self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alfred Cohen today in his Beverly Hills office. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the entire process